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Javier Saviola's future depends on Benfica, says agent

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Javier Saviola's future is in the hands of Benfica, his agent has said as he reacts to reports linking the striker with a January exit.Saviola, 29, has struggled for regular action in Portugal this season and he is behind Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo in the club's pecking order.

The Argentine's deal at the Estadio da Luz expires in 2012, but the club have not moved to secure his services beyond the current agreement.A report in Record last week claimed the striker could be sold as soon as January as his club are seeking to avoid losing him on a free deal.Spanish side Villarreal and Italian club Lazio have been linked with the former Real Madrid and Barcelona man, but agent Diego Quieruga has left matters in Benfica's hands."Everything depends on Benfica," the agent is quoted as saying on Tuttomercatoweb.com."My client has six months left on his contract with the Portuguese club and so anything else regarding his future depends on them."Benfica take on Naval de Maio in the Portuguese Cup next Friday.